Blue Crabs edge Bluefish by a run after 1-0 loss night before
After succumbing to a 1-0 loss in Tuesday night’s series opener to Bridgeport, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs would find themselves in another tight one on Wednesday night in Game 2 of the three-game series at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf.
With the score tied at 3 and Gary Brown up to bat and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning left fielder Kuan-Jen Chen scored on a wild pitch by Bridgeport reliever Joseph Kuzia. It would turn out to be the eventual game-winning run as the Blue Crabs squeaked out the eventual 4-3 victory.
Southern Maryland (19-31, in fourth place in the Freedom Division, 9 games behind first-place York entering Thursday) had a chance to close out the series with a win on Thursday night.
The Blue Crabs hit the road for the first of a six-game road trip that starts tonight in Somerset
with the opener of a threegame weekend series, then they will head to Sugar Land for three games starting Monday.
“It would be some good momentum to close this series out heading up to Somerset,” said Blue Crabs manager Jeremy Owens after Wednesday’s win. “We got some much-needed hits and our defense played strong in those last five innings for tonight. Tonight
was a good come back win for us.”
Blue Crabs starter Daryl Thompson, a 2003 La Plata High School graduate, picked up his second win of the season. Thompson allowed three runs on eight hits in seven innings with no walks and two strikeouts. He retired the last seven batters that he faced.
“It was a tough win and I left the ball up early, but I started to get in my groove in the last three innings that I pitched,” Thompson said. “We got some huge runs tonight, but tonight I just wanted to pound the zone and throw strikes. The defense backed me up and did a very good job. The key now is to win each series and get some momentum going.”
Justin Berg pitched the eighth, allowing just one hit with one walk. Cody Eppley then got his 10th save of
the season after a scoreless ninth with one strikeout.
“Bridgeport got a couple big hits off Daryl early, but our guys responded and got some run support to back him up,” Owens said, whose defense did not commit any errors. “Throughout the game he started getting better and better. His last two innings was probably the best that he threw all night, so it was nice to see him get stronger. Overall, I was pleased with how everything went today.”
Bridgeport (21-31, in fourth place in the Liberty Division, 9 games behind first-place Somerset) struck first in the top of the first inning as right fielder Welington Dotel hit a two-out home run, his first of the season. Dotel finished 3 for 4 at the plate for the game.
Southern Maryland tied the game at 1 as first baseman Zach Wilson drove in
Angel Sanchez, who was signed and activated to the team Tuesday, on a sacrifice fly. In the second, catcher Angel Flores crushed a two-run homer over the leftfield wall on a full count.
Flores, who notched his third homer of the season, said that he got a change-up from Bridgeport left-handed starter Mike Antonini and was able to cash in with the long ball.
“He was trying to trick me with the change-up, but I was sitting back waiting on that pitch,” Flores said. “Everyone had better at-bats today and was more aggressive than [Tuesday].”
Bridgeport came to within 3-2 in the third on an RBI double to right by center fielder Endy Chavez and tied the game at 3 in the fourth on a first-pitch solo homer by Jonathan Galvez. However, the Southern Maryland pitching staff was able to keep the Bluefish off the scoreboard for the next five innings.
Bryant Nelson, Jamar Walton and Chen each had two hits in the win.
On Tuesday, Galvez’s RBI single in the top of the fourth was the difference in Bridgeport’s one-run shutout.
Bluefish Right-hander Jonathan Albaladejo shut out the Blue Crabs, going seven innings and allowing no runs on five hits with four strikeouts. Taylor Thompson picked up the save for the Bluefish, pitching a scoreless ninth.
Blue Crabs starting pitcher Brian Burres, who was just one win away from his 100th career victory on the mound, got the loss. Burres allowed one run, which was unearned, and five hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Blue Crabs starter Daryl Thompson, a 2003 La Plata High School graduate, picked up his second victory of the season in a 4-3 win over the Bridgeport Bluefish in the second of a three-game series on Wednesday night at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf.